After a crazy road trip that all but ended Portland’s season they returned home and continued their D-League level of play.
The only highlight for the Blazers tonight was a surprise appearance by three-time All-Star Brandon Roy, who made his first visit to the Rose Garden since his abrupt retirement at the start of training camp. The crowd cheered wildly as he was shown on the video scoreboard. That would be the only cheering you would hear from Blazer fans during the game.
A couple days after being dismantled by Oklahoma City, Portland looked even worse against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks, who have won six straight games now, came out on fire and stayed that way shooting 58% from the field, including 52% from beyond the arc. Drew Gooden had the touch as he went 8-12 from the floor for 19 points, and made his outside jumper which is something opposing teams usually choose to give him. Carlos Delfino shot 4-5 from 3-point range finishing with 16 points. For the Blazers, LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews lead the way with 21 points each. Raymond Felton, for the second game in a row, actually showed he’s not completely worthless as he put up 18 points and 9 assists. He did have 6 turnovers, but maybe he was shooting for that allusive points, assists, turnovers triple double?
Bottom line is Portland lost going away 116-87. Tough time to be a Blazers fan. But should we be sad about this? Isn’t this the point of blowing up most of the roster and firing the coach? If we can all take a deep breath and stop cursing at the TV, I think most fans in the know will realize every loss is that much closer to a higher draft pick. The possibility of two lottery picks in a deep draft class makes me salivate a little. Couple that with still having an All-Star in LaMarcus Aldridge for which they can keep as a nice piece of the puzzle, or they can use as great trade bait for a legitimate number one guy. If you are thinking optimistically about next year you are not alone. There is a lot of promise in the great Northwest, the Blazers just have to continue to lose.
But would it kill them to lose close so that I’m not bored by the middle of the third quarter?
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Written by Colin Chisholm
I'm a huge sports fan and basketball nut. I grew up in Oregon and now live in the great city of Chicago while trying to crack my way into the sports industry.